Public consultations on FTAs

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade welcomes interested people and organisations to make submissions on Free Trade Agreements (FTAs).

The Department undertakes extensive stakeholder engagement to inform whether or not to enter negotiations, FTA negotiating priorities, and approaches to work programs under existing agreements. In addition, the Department supports business understanding and usage of FTAs.

Consultations are held with a wide range of stakeholders, including:

  • state and territory governments
  • peak industry bodies
  • individual companies, including Australian businesses based in current and potential future FTA partners
  • academics
  • unions
  • consumer groups
  • individuals

Consultations help to identify commercially significant impediments to increasing Australia’s trade and investment in potential FTA partner countries. Consultations occur before, throughout the entire FTA negotiation, and during implementation. This way, the Government can be sure it is representing the current interests of the Australian people.

Economic modelling

DFAT also commissions independent modelling on the possible impacts of free trade agreements before and after negotiations in consultation with government.

How to make a submission

Currently seeking submissions or comments

The following lists FTAs either currently being considered, under negotiation or already in force, that are accepting submissions or comments:

Consultation processes for concluded FTAs

DFAT welcomes interested people and organisations to make a written submission.

Submissions may range from a short email or letter, outlining your views on a particular topic, to a more substantial document covering a range of issues. Where possible, you should provide evidence, such as relevant data and documentation, to support your views. For example, in the case of submission about exporting goods this might include HS tariff codes* for specific products of interest.

If you are seeking to provide submissions on more than one FTA, please note that you will need to make two separate submissions addressed to the respective FTA secretariats.

Contact details for particular agreements and where to send your submission can be found through the left-hand menu.

Your submission and confidentiality

All submissions are usually published as public documents on the DFAT website. However, information which is of a confidential nature or which is submitted in-confidence, can be treated as such by DFAT, provided the basis for such treatment is provided.

DFAT may also request that a non-confidential summary of the confidential material is provided, or reasons why a summary cannot be provided.

Material supplied in-confidence should be clearly marked ‘IN CONFIDENCE’ and be in a separate attachment to non-confidential material.

You are encouraged to contact the relevant FTA area of DFAT for further information and advice before submitting such material.

* In all free trade agreements, products are identified by a system known as the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System. This is commonly known as the Harmonized System (HS). The HS consists of around 5000 six-digit product categories.

Last Updated: 1 August 2017